Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to travel anywhere in the world using any means of transport we liked without harming the climate? Is this a realistic proposal and, if so, how would it work? Are carbon offsets a genuine way of tackling climate...
Helpful suggestions for your trips to developing or emerging countries
By preparing your travels thoroughly and making socially responsible and ecologically sensitive choices you are moving towards a holiday that will become an unforgettable experience for you as well as for the people hosting you.
Sustainable and development-friendly
Tourism is a beacon of hope nearly all over the world. It provides 240 million jobs internationally, is the most important source of foreign exchange for one in three developing countries and seems to have unlimited growth potential. The question,...
When migrants send money home
Did you know that migrants all over the world send three times as much money home to their families than is spent worldwide on development aid? For an overview of the most important facts on the subject of private money transfers, see our...
The CCP “Refugees and Migration” improves work with refugees across borders
The inflow of refugees to Germany has slowed. But that doesn’t mean that there are no refugees anymore. Some of those who are committed to looking after refugees have taken part in the CrossCulture Programme “Refugees and Migration”.
Migraflix: Learning from immigrants
Cuisine, drumming, calligraphy: Brazilians can learn all of this from low-income expats. The platform Migraflix organizes courses with a view to integrate immigrants into the local society and labor market.
Health Apps in Uganda
Uganda’s tech industry is booming – young entrepreneurs, programmers and hackers are meeting the needs of the population for easy-to-use, fast and accessible information and consultation. But funding can still be challenging.
Education for Social Cohesion
How does the level of education influence a society’s cohesion? Manuel Heckel and Salma Abdelrahman (University of Stuttgart) investigated this question with regard to Sri Lankan society and won the first prize of the GIZ University Initiative...
The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning supports the idea that people should never stop learning. Director Arne Carlsen talks about the challenges and goals.
Gender equality: Education for everyone?
Education for girls is the “most effective single investment that a developing country can make”, writes the World Bank. Messages we received from our members show that some African countries are heeding this advice. But there is still a long way to...
Alumniportal at the Global Media Forum 2014
On June 30th 2014, the 6th Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum opened its doors. For three days, 2,300 guests from 120 countries discussed issues surrounding the topic of this year’s conference, "From Information to Participation – Challenges for the...
Fantastic plastic? The fate of the plastic bag
Plastic has become integral to our everyday lives: car components, modern medical equipment and toy parts are all made of plastic. And then there is the plastic bag to help us carry home our shopping from the supermarket.
GIZ supports business ventures around the globe
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) promotes development partnerships between private enterprise and development cooperation through projects like the ‘Grey water recycling’ project in Jordan.
Sustainable tourism as an economic driver
The gentler form of tourism, often known as ‘ecotourism’ or ‘sustainable tourism’, can also generate economic growth in more remote places without doing too much damage to nature and the environment.
The human body as an alternative energy source: human electricity
Global demand for energy is increasing all the time, but sources of natural energy are dwindling. One obvious solution is to use the human body as an alternative energy source.
Remittances – an economic and development policy factor
Money transfers by migrants to their families back home were long seen as a private matter. Yet in many recipient countries, these remittances have a major economic impact.
Megacities without slums
Wherever people have to live in impoverished urban areas, there is a lack of political will to integrate migrants from rural areas. To house and feed them in a manner that maintains their dignity is primarily a matter of 'urban planning'.
How transparent is the raw materials trade?
To prevent corruption and inhumane working conditions, greater transparency in the international raw materials trade should make companies more accountable and ensure greater certainty for consumers.
The Better Cotton Initiative
With the Better Cotton Initiative, business enterprises like Adidas and H&M want to encourage more sustainable cotton production.
Everyone’s talking about climate change, with most emphasis placed on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In particular, the high-emissions transport and logistics sector is experiencing changes. With its GOGREEN programme,
Traditional entrepreneurship tends to be about businesses serving their own interests. Social entrepreneurship proves that there is an alternative way to do things.
Microcredit for small business start-ups
It’s rare for industrial countries to copy business models from developing countries. Yet Muhammad Yunus’s idea of lending poor people the money to set up their own small businesses has swept the world. Recently, however, the microcredit system has...
Upcycling – a new trend for green fashion
Designer Philippe Werhahn creates new clothing from old textiles, making him one of the pioneers of upcycling in Germany.
Sustainable fishing helps preserve fish stocks
According to scientists and environmental associations, many stocks have been overfished, calling for a radical shift towards sustainable fishing.
Sustainable communications and information technology
Information technology is becoming sustainable. Green IT is the latest buzzword being promoted by computer manufacturers with the aim of making communication greener.
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